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Poster: Doctor Phibes Date: Feb 19, 2008 8:44pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Has this site changed?

I can't exactly remember when this change took place but it seems as if this site went from an archive of historical/public domain footage to a Youtube like site. In the former instance the footage was derived from film. I the latter instance the footage is ripped from dollar store DVD bins.

I really think this is a disturbing trend and possibly a costly one. Not all the footage being uploaded is public domain. Just because the DVD says the movie was public domain does not mean you have the right to upload it to the internet.

Some might say, "who cares". I say I do. I fear that the aforementioned practices will lead to the demise of this site. I fear lawsuits will start to mount and turn the site over to who knows who. I for one would like to see a little descrimination when it comes to allowing ANYONE to upload footage.

While that may limit the extent of the footage available to us here, it will preserve the integrity of the archival format.

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Poster: k-otic Date: Feb 21, 2008 5:14am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Has this site changed?

have you seen a movie here that might be under restoration/copyright?

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Poster: Diana Hamilton Date: Feb 21, 2008 6:00am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Has this site changed?

Right- any valid info people have for the works helps a lot here!

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Poster: k-otic Date: Feb 20, 2008 2:28am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Has this site changed?

so you say, only the person who derive footage, which are in the public domain, from a 16mm or 36mm print have the right to publish them ?

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Poster: Doctor Phibes Date: Feb 20, 2008 10:55am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Has this site changed?

In many instances this would be true. You can copywrite a public domain video if you alter the source material. Simply ripping a public domain movie from a commercial DVD is not only tacky but potentially illegal if the DVD producer copywrited their production. In some instances you have them adding music. In other instances they're altering the speed of the film, resequencing, tint, etc. All those procedures are copywritable. You simply have no way of knowing unless you've studied the original material in fine detail.

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Poster: k-otic Date: Feb 20, 2008 11:59am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Has this site changed?

as far as i know, this can only be the case if there is a good to read restoration/copyright notice displayed in the opening or end credits
some companies wartermark their "work" which is ugly but a good way to mark their territory :)

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Poster: LordOfTheExacto Date: Feb 21, 2008 12:50pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Has this site changed?

"...ugly but a good way to mark their territory."

As a mental picture of a dog at a tree enters my head ...

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Poster: jonc Date: Feb 27, 2008 8:55am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Has this site changed?

A new claim can be made when substantial changes are made to the original work, creating a "new work". Substantial changes may include digital remastering or a new soundtrack, not simply burning a movie to a disk.

No process is perfect but movies in the Feature Films section have been checked. There is no authority on works in the public domain, no database, but you will actually find the Archive cited on other websites. The regulars here do act with good intentions, and when mistakes are made, they are removed ASAP. They have to be reported though, so if you find anything questionable, post it to this messageboard.

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Poster: Dracull Date: Apr 3, 2008 5:47pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Has this site changed?

Is this version in PD?
http://www.archive.org/details/Nosferatu_most_complete_version_93_mins.
Tinted version and new sound track... ?